Australia has been defeated 11-8 by Serbia in the quarter-finals of the men's water polo.
Australia has been defeated 11-8 by Serbia in the quarter-finals of the men's water polo. Getty Images Sport - Clive Rose

Final quarter sinks Aussies

A FINAL quarter Serbian comeback has sunk Australia 11-8 in the quarter-finals of the men's water polo at the London Olympics.

Having never beaten Serbia, Australia was ranked as an outside chance to progress to the last four of the competition.

But a massive shock was on the cards when the Australians took a three goal lead into the last quarter.

However, Serbia - undefeated at these Olympics - scored six unanswered goals to complete a remarkable comeback and maintain its 100 percent record over Australia.

Serbia started the game quickly, bouncing out to a two-goal lead before the Australians hit back with a three goal salvo.

The Australians continued to pile on the pressure in the second and third quarters, gaining an 8-5 lead heading into the final quarter.

But the Serbians were too good for the overwhelmed Australians in the fourth quarter, setting up a showdown with either Italy or Hungary in the semi-finals.

 



Helping locals: Plea not to scrap JobKeeper early

premium_icon Helping locals: Plea not to scrap JobKeeper early

Hinkler MP Keith Pitt: it is disappointing that Labor is trying to make political...

Make the most of your digital subscription

premium_icon Make the most of your digital subscription

Being a subscriber, you're in the box seat of the best local action

What you need to know about changes at border

premium_icon What you need to know about changes at border

Police have issued a renewed warning over changes to border restrictions. Here’s...